Guntersville City Schools participates in Hour of Code

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - Students across Guntersville City Schools aren't just getting a lesson in computer science, they're also teaching one as part of this year's Hour of Code.

Guntersville Elementary School second grader Hannah Champion sits at a table in the school's gym intently staring at a computer. She's learning computer coding, a form of computer science. "So what we're doing here today is technically, we're showing the middle schoolers what we are learning about coding," she explained.

Across the room, Guntersville Middle School eighth grader Kala Le is one of those students who are helping the younger kids with coding and the technology involved.  "You can build cool cars, control robots,  make games and websites, it's endless," Le said.

The event is throughout Guntersville City Schools. "We've been involved in Hour of Code since 2013 since it started, but this is the first day that we've put both the elementary school with the middle school here, and we've live streamed in Cherokee and Guntersville High School," explained Guntersville Elementary STEAM teacher Shannon Hampton.

The middle school kids brought projects they worked on and helped the elementary students understand the technology. "We're being told that most of the careers that these children will be involved in their adulthood will involve some kind of computer programming, STEAM, engineering, those kinds of things," Hampton adds.

This event is a head start. "It makes me feel great because I know that I'm trying to inspire them to be what people didn't think they would be," Le said.

"It's teaching us how to figure out things and it might help us later on in life," Champion added.